3 Days with Gorillas - Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda - $1,900 | Naturalist | Em.Pi.Ju.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a National Park, is located in the southwestern part of Uganda and covers 331 sq km making it one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. As part of the Albertine Rift Valley, the park is one of Africa's most important conservation areas and was declared a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994. Since 2003, the Albertine Rift Valley has been named a biodiversity hotspot, a place that needs special attention to maintain conservation efforts.

The landscape is rugged, with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges. There is both lowland and montane rainforest with dense undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs, hence the name 'Impenetrable'. This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa with the richest faunal community in East Africa.
The forest is home to many rare species and encompasses one of the last remaining habitats of Mountain Gorillas - gorilla beringei. More than half of the world's population of mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (approximately 325 of the remaining 770 or so individuals). Mountain gorillas are only found in the wild. There are estimated to be upwards of 120 species of mammals (more than other Ugandan national parks except Queen Elizabeth). Among these are forest elephants and 10 species of primates, including chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and baboons. Bwindi is also the only park in the world where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist in the same environment. The rare giant forest hog is also found here, although sightings are rare!

For bird watchers, Bwindi is one of the most enticing areas in Uganda to visit with an estimated 360 species of birds, including 23 of the 24 endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley and another 14 species found nowhere else in Uganda, including the African Green Broadbill. The pristine rainforests of this park are also home to approximately 300 species of butterfly (including two endangered species of Swallowtails), 200 native tree species and many species of reptiles and amphibians.

The rugged mountainous terrain makes gorilla trekking strenuous work and visitors should be prepared for up to 8 hours of hiking (good physical condition is a must), although generally the hike to find the gorillas is less than three hours each way, with a maximum one hour spent with the gentle giants themselves.

Kindly note that Bwindi is a tropical rainforest. It rains at different times but nearly every day so you will need a rain jacket or poncho. No-one with signs of communicable diseases like flu or cough will be allowed to trek. The three groups of gorillas habituated for trekking are the Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura. Each group has approximately 15-20 individuals. A fourth family, Nkuringo, was opened for trekking in 2004, although access to this group is from Kisoro not Buhoma. Two additional groups, one near Nkuringo and another at Ruhija were also opened up.
At present, a maximum of 72 permits daily are available for gorilla trekking. 

- State: Uganda
- Region: Western Region 
- City: Kanungu

- Adventure

- 4 Seasons

Day 1: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Southern Western Uganda
Pick up from your hotel in Kigali after breakfast by your professional tour guide (our company representative) and hit the road through Northern Rwanda, famously known as the country of ”a thousand hills" characterized by Majestic rolling hills, deep valleys and winding roads. Dinner and overnight stay at your preferred lodge in Kisoro.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking Adventure, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This is your day for “life changing event”, i.e., Mountain Gorilla tracking. Start early with heavy breakfast at the lodge (by 06:00 a.m.), then drive to the park headquarters for a briefing about gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park. You must be physically fit to go gorilla trekking. The trek takes from 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of these “gentle giants” in their natural habitat! The trek is quite strenuous and you must be physically fit to go gorilla trekking. You will be guided by park rangers who will give you instructions during the trek. Meeting gorillas in the jungle is an adventurous experience for lifetime. The thrill of encountering these gentle giants erases away all the bad memories you went through while searching for them. You will be given one hour maximum with gorillas: enjoying with them and feeding and playing with the young ones swinging on trees.
Return to your lodge for late lunch; relax as you wait for dinner and overnight. If the evening is free, we can take a community for a walk around to meet and interact with local people.

Day 3: Reserved for Departure
After breakfast enjoy a canoe ride on Lake Mutanda to visit different islands (depending on the weather and time availability), later, we will drive back to Kigali for your departure flight (5-hour drive). Here we have an opportunity to visit Gisozi Genocide Memorial Museum in Kigali.

- Meet up location: At the airport, hotel/lodge, or any place you may be staying.
- End location: At the hotel/lodge, airport, or any place of your convenience.

- Travel: Gorilla tracking takes about 2 to 8 hours depending on the location of the gorillas.
- Tour: 3 days

Gorilla tracking starts early morning at 8:00 a.m.

Every day

Every day

Men and women

- Car
- 4WD mini bus (8 sitter)
- 4WD Toyota Land cruiser (4 sitter)
- Rav 4 (3 sitter)
- Salon car (3 sitter)

- Price for person: low season $1,700 - medium season $1,800 - high season $1,900   

- Price for group
2 person: low season $1,200 each - medium season $1,250 each - high season $1,300 each
3 person: low season $1,000 each - medium season $1,100 each - high season $1,200 each
4 person: low season $940 each - medium season $1,100 each - high season $1,200 each 

- English-Speaking Local Guide
- Transport and Fuel 4WD
- National parks entrance fees
- Gorilla trekking permit
- Accommodation
- Meals

- Tips
- Personal shopping

About $200, in small denominations

DIFFICULTY LEVEL (Light – Medium – Hard)
- Medium

- Hiking boots
- Rain gear
- Gloves
- Hat/cap
- Gaiters
- Walking sticks

- Kids friendly: Kids below 15 years are welcome but not allowed to go gorilla tracking.
- Pets friendly: Pets are welcome
- Disabled people: Disabled are welcome but shall attract a surcharge.
- Maximum numbers of person: 20 People

LANGUAGE(S) (Basic – Good – Fluent – Mother-Tongue)
English: Fluent


I am a wildlife and eco-tourism enthusiast. I am passionate about Uganda’s tourism for it portrays Uganda’s beauty to the world. I am a certified Accounting Technician from Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (Icpau). I formerly worked as a waiter/cashier in safari lodges. I possess vast experience in hospitality and tourism industry, which makes me an expert at what I do. My personal knowledge of East African wildlife and professional experiences in tour and travel operation smoothens the way for each of my clients.
I am the “Itinerary King,” and my ability to advise clients is invaluable and always welcome. Do you need advice on the youth upcoming tour? What to pack? Where to go? How about gorilla permits? Or maybe you want to book a flight to Uganda or Rwanda. I love the challenge of turning dreams into realities.


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Name and family name: Godfrey Mfitumukiza
Age: 28
Nationality: Ugandan
Job: Tour consultant/guide/driver
Hobby: Adventure activities
Website: www.humuratravellers.com
E-mail: godfreymukiza@outlook.com
Phone Number: +00256783731121



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